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This document was written for The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiative and Gross National Happiness Index. It may be used for non-commercial purposes and with the understanding that you will share the data you collect. The Happiness Alliance issues unique codes to communities, cities, campuses, companies and others to gather aggregate data for groups in a grassroots effort to contribute to the happiness movement. We also work with pollsters to conduct random samples. Please contact info@happycounts.org for more information. The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiative and Gross National Happiness Index requests that you use the following form of words to cite this document: Gross National Happiness Index, (2013). GNH Index Round 3. Seattle: The Happiness Initiative, Developed by Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., & Goldenberg, E.

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  • 1.Happiness AllianceHome of the Happiness InitiativeGross National Happiness IndexRound 3 2013This document was written for The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiativeand Gross National Happiness Index. It may be used for non-commercial purposes andwith the understanding that you will share the data you collect. The Happiness Allianceissues unique codes to communities, cities, campuses, companies and others to gatheraggregate data for groups in a grassroots effort to contribute to the happinessmovement. We also work with pollsters to conduct random samples. Please contactinfo@happycounts.org for more information.The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiative and Gross NationalHappiness Index requests that you use the following form of words to cite thisdocument:Gross National Happiness Index, (2013). GNH Index Round 3. Seattle: The HappinessAlliance, Developed by Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., & Goldenberg, E.To take the Gross National Happiness Survey & get yourown personal assessment of your happiness + well-being,go to happycounts.org and click the Take the GNHIndex Survey buttonPage 1Welcome to the Gross National Happiness Index survey. This survey will take about 10-15minutes. At the end, you will get your own self assessment of your happiness and well-being.This is a public or shared computer. Please do not store any identifying information.This is a private computer. Please remember who I am.The Gross National Happiness Index is often used by cities, campuses, communities,companies and other groups to assess their area or group's well-being. If you are interested inusing the Gross National Happiness Index for your project or area, please contact usat happy@happycounts.org.The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013

2. Page 2Consent FormA. INTRODUCTIONThis survey is a project of The Happiness Initiative with consultation from the Personality andWell-Being Laboratory at San Francisco State University.The purpose of the survey is to study how happiness and well-being are influenced by theconditions of our lives and communities. Your data will not be used for research purposes if youare under the age of 19.B. PROCEDURESIf you agree to participate in this study, the following will occur:You will fill out an online questionnaire. It takes most people 12-14 minutes to complete thequestionnaire. At the end you will be given your personal results and guidance on how tointerpret them, as well as median scores for the United States as a whole. You will also be giventhe opportunity, if you wish, to more fully understand aspects of your life by participating in amenu of optional surveys.C. RISKSWe follow the European Union's Protection of Personal Data Directive 95/46/EU, the strongestcode we know of for protecting personal data. You can read the full code and an executivesummary online.In simple language: all of your responses will be anonymous; no one except those who use thedata for the purpose of the Happiness Initiative and SF State University research study will haveaccess to the personal data; data is only kept for as long as it is useful; and personalinformation will never be sold, traded or given away.D. QUESTIONSIf you have other questions about this survey, you may contact the researchersat happy@happycounts.org.Thank you for your participation. We greatly appreciate it.The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 3. Section 1: Satisfaction With Life1.1 Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to ten at the top.Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and thebottom of the ladder represents the worst possible. If the top step is 10 and the bottom step is 0,on which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?0 - Worst possible life for you 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 - Best possible life for you1.2 All things considered, how satisfied are you with life as a whole nowadays?Not at all satisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Extremely satisfied1.3 Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are?Extremely unhappy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Extremely happyThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 4. Section 2: UK Happiness Index2.101 Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely2.102 Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely2.103 Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely2.104 Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 CompletelySection 4: Psychological Well-BeingThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 5. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?4.1 I lead a purposeful andStronglymeaningful lifedisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.2 I am engaged and interestedin my daily activitiesStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.3 I am optimistic about myfutureStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.4 Most days I feel a sense ofaccomplishment from what I doStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.5 In general, I feel verypositive about myselfStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 6. Section 5: Health5.1 In general, I would say my health is:Poor Fair Good Very good ExcellentPlease indicate, how much of the time during the past week...5.2 You had a lot of energy Very rarelyor neverRarely Sometimes Often Very often oralways5.3 You could not get going Very rarelyor neverRarely Sometimes Often Very often oralways5.4 Physical pain prevented youfrom doing what you needed to doVery rarelyor neverRarely Sometimes Often Very often oralwaysPlease rate your level of satisfaction5.5 How satisfied were youwith your ability to performyour daily living activities?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied5.6 How satisfied were youwith the quality of yourexercise?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 7. Section 6: Time Balance6.1 In a typical week, how much of your time are you able to spend doing the kinds of things thatyou enjoy?None of my time Not much of mytimeSome of my time Most of my time All of my time6.2 Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: In my daily life, I seldomhave time to do the things I really enjoy.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Strongly agreeHere are some statements about how things are going in your life. When indicating youragreement with each statement, please think specifically about how things were for you over thepast week.6.3 My life has been tooStronglyDisagree Neither agreeAgree Stronglyrusheddisagreenor disagreeagree6.4 I have been able to takelife at a leisurely paceStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree6.5 I have had enough timeto do what I needed to doStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree6.5 I have had plenty ofspare timeStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 8. Section 7: Community VitalityPlease tell us how many of the following people you trust:7.1 Your neighbors Trust noneof themTrust a fewof themTrust someof themTrust mostof themTrust all ofthem7.2 Strangers that youencounterTrust noneof themTrust a fewof themTrust someof themTrust mostof themTrust all ofthem7.3 Businesses in yourcommunityTrust noneof themTrust a fewof themTrust someof themTrust mostof themTrust all ofthem7.4 Imagine that you lost a wallet or purse that contained two hundred dollars. Please indicatehow likely you think it would be to have all of your money returned to you if it was found bysomeone who lives close by:Not at all likely Somewhat likely Fairly likely Very likely Extremely likely7.5 How satisfied are you with your personal safety in your city or town?Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Very satisfiedUsing the scale below, please indicate how frequently you have done these activities in the past12 months.7.6 Donated money toa charityAt leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013Never7.7 Volunteered yourtime to an organizationAt leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearNever 9. Section 8: Social SupportPlease rate your level of satisfaction.8.1 How satisfied are youwith the support you getfrom your friends?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied8.2 How satisfied are youwith your personalrelationships?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedTo what extent do you agree with the following statement?8.3 People in my life care about me.Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agreePlease indicate how much of the time during the past week...8.4 You felt lonely Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always8.5 You felt loved Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or alwaysThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 10. Section 9: Access to Education, Arts & Culture9.1 How would you describe your feeling of belonging to your local community?Very weak Somewhat weak Neither weak nor strong Somewhat strong Very strongIn your neighborhood or community, how SATISFIED you are with...9.5 Your access to sportsVeryand recreationaldissatisfiedactivities?Dissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied9.6 Your access to artisticand cultural activities?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied9.7 Your access toactivities to develop skillsthrough informaleducation?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied9.8 How often do you feel uncomfortable or out of place in your neighborhood because of yourethnicity, culture, race, skin color, language, accent, gender, sexual orientation, or religion?Never Rarely Some of the time Most of the time All of the timeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 11. Section 11: Environmental Quality11.1 How healthy is your physical environment?Not at all A little Somewhat Very ExtremelyPlease rate your level of satisfaction11.2 How satisfied are youwith the efforts being madeto preserve the naturalenvironment in yourneighborhood?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied11.3 How satisfied are youwith the opportunities thatyou have to enjoy nature?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied11.4 How satisfied are youwith the air quality in yourenvironment?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied11.5 How satisfied are youwith the natural quality ofyour neighborhood?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 12. Section 12: Government12.1 How satisfied are you with the job being done by the local government officials of your cityor town?Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfiedState your level of agreement with the following statements.12.2 Corruption is widespreadStronglythroughout the government in mydisagreecity or town.Disagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree12.3 The public officials in mycity or town pay attention to whatpeople think.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree12.4 People in my city or towncan influence their publicofficials.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreePlease indicate how much confidence you have in the following organizations:12.5 LocalNoNot very muchA fair amountgovernmentconfidenceconfidenceof confidenceQuite a lot ofconfidenceA great dealof confidence12.6 NationalgovernmentNoconfidenceNot very muchconfidenceA fair amountof confidenceQuite a lot ofconfidenceA great dealof confidenceThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 13. Section 13: Material Well-Being13.1 In general, how much stress do you feel about your personal finances?Overwhelming stress High stress Moderate stress Low stress No stress at all13.2 How frequently do you find yourself just getting by financially and living paycheck topaycheck?All the time Most of the time Sometimes Rarely NeverPlease indicate how frequently you have had the following experiences in the past 12 months.13.3 You could not pay billsAt leastAt least onceAt least onceOnce in(water or phone bill, creditonce aevery threeevery sixthe lastcard, etc.) on time.monthmonthsmonthsyearThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013Never13.4 You ate less becausethere wasnt enough food ormoney for food.At leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearNeverTo what extent do you agree with the following statement?13.5 I have enough money to buy things I want.Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 14. Section 14: Work14.1 Regarding employment, which of the following options best describe your current work life?A full time employee A part time employee Working independently / self-employedA volunteer at anorganizationUnemployed looking forworkRetiredHomemaker Student or in training Other14.2 If Other please specify:Please answer the following questions about your satisfaction with your current workingsituation.14.3 All things considered,VeryDissatisfied Neitherhow satisfied are you with yourdissatisfiedsatisfied norcurrent work life? (Note: if youdissatisfiedwork or volunteer at more thanone job, you should answerabout the job you spend thelongest time working at.)Satisfied Verysatisfied14.4 How satisfied are youwith the balance between thetime you spend on your joband the time you spend onother aspects of your life?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied14.5 How much of the time do you find your current work life interesting?Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or alwaysPlease state your level of agreement with each of these statements.14.6 The conditions of my jobStronglyallow me to be about as productivedisagreeas I could be.Disagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree14.7 Considering all my efforts andachievements in my job I feel I getpaid appropriatelyStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree14.8 I am allowed to decide how togo about getting my job done.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 15. Demographics16.1 What is your current age (please enter a whole number of years, e.g., 35)?16.2 Which gender do you identify as? (multiple selections are allowed)Male Female Neither Other (If other, please specify)16.3 Other16.4 What race[s] or ethnicity[s] do you identify as? (categories are taken from the 2010U.S. Census, and multiple selections are allowed)White non-Hispanic JapaneseHispanic KoreanBlack, African American, or Negro VietnameseAmerican Indian or Alaska Native Native HawaiianAsian Indian Guamanian or ChamorroChinese SamoanFilipino Other Pacific Islander Specify race,e.g., Fijian, Tongan, etc.Other Asian Specify race, e.g. Hmong, Laotian,Thai, Pakistani, Cambodian, etc.Some other race Specify race.16.5 Other16.6 What is your current marital status?Married Never married and/or never in a domestic partnership SeparatedDomestic partnership Divorced WidowedOther:16.7 Other16.10 How many people currently reside in your household, including you?16.11 Do you have any children under 18? Yes | No16.12 What is your postal code? (we just want the more general part; e.g. 98101 for US ZIPCodes or SE11 for UK postcodes)The next two questions assess your current spirituality:16.15.How spiritual do you considerNot atyourself to be?allNotverySomewhat Moderately Very16.16 How important are your spiritualbeliefs to the way you live your life?Not atallNotverySomewhat Moderately Very16.21 What is the highest level of education that you have completed?Less than grade 9 More than grade 9 but lessthan grade 12Grade 12 / High schooldiplomaThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 16. Skills training and/orapprenticeshipSome college Undergraduate universitydegree (e.g. a BA)Graduate university degree(e.g. a Masters)16.22 What was your total household income from all sources last year?Less than $10,000 $10,000 - $19,999 $20,000 - $29,999$30,000 - $39,999 $40,000 - $49,999 $50,000 - $74,999$75,000 - $99,999 $100,000 - $124,999 $125,000 or more16.27 Do you have any comments or questions about any of the items used in thissurvey?16.28 May we contact you in future for follow-up research? If so, please enter your emailaddress here.16.29 Contact InfoWe are grateful to you for completing the Happiness Index survey!What do your scores mean? They are your own self-assessment of your well-being. A low scoredoes not necessarily mean you are unhappy but could mean there is imbalance in your life andindicate you may need to pay more attention to that particular aspect of your personal well-being.What are your scores?Your Raw Score is the average of your responses for each domain, on a scale of 0-100, with 0being the worst and 100 the best.All Survey Takers Average is the average of everyone who has taken the happiness indexsurvey, also on a scale of 0-100.Your Normalized Score tells you how you compare to the average U.S. citizen and comes froma random sampling conducted separately from this survey. If any of your scores are higher than50, you are above the U.S. national average. If your score is lower than 50, you are worse offthan the U.S. national average.DomainYour RawScoreAll Survey TakersAverageYour NormalizedScoreOverall Satisfaction With LifePositive AffectMental Well-BeingThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 17. HealthTime BalanceCommunity VitalitySocial SupportAccess to Education, Arts &CultureEnvironmentGovernanceMaterial Well-BeingWorkNow what?Here are three fun and easy things scientific research indicates can increase your happinessand sense of well-being:1. Sit silently for 5 minutes a day. Turn off the television, laptop, cell phone. Make yourselfcomfortable and just sit for 5 min, observing and not judging your thoughts. Close youreyes if you can, or keep focused on any object about 2-3 feet in front of you. If you findyourself deep in thought, simply observe this and then come back to the moment.2. Practice gratitude: every morning and every night, list five things for which you arethankful on paper or in your thoughts. These might be as simple as how good the pillowfeels under your head or the really yummy lunch you had, or something much grander. Itis the act of gratitude that counts.3. Give every day with a small act of kindness to someone in their presence or so theyknow it is you who gave. This may be as simple as smiling at the cashier or saying thankyou to a co-worker or boss. Once a year, or if you are inclined, once a month or week,volunteer with a community organization or do something on your own or with neighborsto increase the well-being of others in your community.Click here to learn more about happiness and well-being.To take the Gross National Happiness Survey & get yourown personal assessment of your happiness + well-being,go to happycounts.org and click the Take the GNHIndex Survey buttonThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013

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